• Tom Posted: 6/1/2010 7:44am PDT

    I agree with Dan, surely it was all approved at some point by the government who would have consulted various people and groups.
    Move it back to N.Africa, didn't hear of any sites being 'damaged' there.

  • Dan Posted: 5/31/2010 6:28am PDT

    This smells funny since it's the Chilean Government that approved all the race routes. They even modified one of the middle stages at the last minute since they realized it ran through a sensitive area.
    Sounds like a scheme to milk the race organization for a bit of cash!

  • kurt Posted: 5/19/2010 10:52am PDT

    Why can't they just keep to the trails? And I see Hummer is sponsoring this... Haven't they heard of 'tread lightly?'

  • Nathan Posted: 5/18/2010 4:50pm PDT

    This is pretty fishy. Monetary value for damages to historic sites that simply cannot be restored? What can they possibly do with the money to fix these sites, go back in time in a time machine? Once the data is lost, it's gone for good. You can't read a lost engraving on a wall. You can't study an ancient tool or weapon after its been run over. Money is moot at this point.

  • Lambkins Posted: 5/18/2010 4:07pm PDT

    This is REPREHENSIBLE, and I hope the entire racing community is embarassed. They won't be, of course. But they should be.

  • AutoFriend Posted: 5/18/2010 3:16pm PDT

    I always wondered whether anyone had a problem with the clear impact these races seemed to have (at least from the pics and videos) on the terrain the races were held. As always, there will be a balance - some will call for an outright ban; others will say to heck with any environmental concerns. Hopefully cooler heads will prevail and a middle ground will be discovered.